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Citation Information : Journal of Nematology. Volume 52, Pages 1-3, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/jofnem-2020-130
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Received Date : 23-September-2020 / Published Online: 13-January-2021
Bursaphelenchus yongensis Gu, Braasch, Burgermeister, Brandstetter & Zhang, 2006 (Gu et al., 2006) was originally described from Pinus massoniana Lamb. in Ningbo city, Zhejiang province, China. It is characterized by a relatively slim body (a = 42 and 57 for females and males, respectively), excretory pore located at level of median bulb, lateral field with three lines, small vulval flap present, long post-uterine branch extending 2/3 to 3/4 of the vulva to anus distance and a conoid female tail showing a 2–5 µm long mucron in central position at the terminus. SEM pictures and ITS-RFLP pattern were provided in this paper. Later, the sequences of the partial 18 S, ITS1/2 and 28 S D2-D3 region of B. yongensis were deposited in Genbank with accession numbers AM397023, AM180513 and AM396581, respectively.
About half a year following the report of B. yongensis, a new Bursaphelenchus species named B. uncispicularis Zhuo, Li, Li, Yu & Liao, 2007 was described, which was isolated from P. yunnanensis Franch. in Longling county, Yunnan province, China. Both morphological characters and morphometrics are very similar to B. yongensis, except the number of lateral lines (4 vs 3) and male caudal papillae (7 vs 4). Since both original descriptions were under review at the same time, neither was able to include a comparison between B. uncispicularis and B. yongensis. The original specimens of B. uncispicularis were not in good condition. Zhuo et al. (2007) provided only the drawing and the male tail picture under light microscope, lacking SEM images and molecular data. Unfortunately, the type material kept in Plant Nematode Research Laboratory, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China is missing. We have tried to re-isolate B. uncispicularis from the type locality but failed.
Kanzaki et al. (2010) found B. yongensis from the underside of the elytra of Cryphalus fulvus Niijima, which emerged from a dead log of P. thunbergii Parl. collected at Higashi-Ichiki, Hioki, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The molecular sequences of 28 S D2/D3 region (AM396581) and ITS1/2 (AM180513) were almost identical to those of the Chinese population. However, Kanzaki et al. (2010) provided several morphological differences in male tail and female reproductive tract. A pair of minute P4 were found at the base of the bursa. Although P1 was not described, it could be seen in Figure 1D (Kanzaki et al., 2010). In females, a three-celled structure, which was not mentioned in the original description, was observed on the dorsal wall of the reproductive tract at the uterus/post-uterine sac junction.
Later, B. yongensis was also found from a dead pitch pine (P. rigida Mill.) in Daejeon city, South Korea (Han, 2015). The ITS sequence of Korean isolate (KJ857070) showed 99% similarity to that from Chinese isolate in GenBank (AM180513). ITS-RFLP patterns matched 100% with those previously reported for B. yongensis. Interestingly, they proved that B. yongensis was pathogenic on Larix leptolepis Sieb. et Zucc (Han, 2015).
To confirm the male papillae numbers and other characters, paratypes deposited in the Ningbo Customs Technology Center were re-examined. A three-celled structure of the female, which was not mentioned in the original description, was observed. Though very small, but P1 does exist. Minute P4 gland papillae at the base of the bursa were also found, possessing internal connections like secretory duct structures. (Figure 1, arrows show the P1, P2, P3, and P4 papillae).
Recently, B. yongensis was also detected from P. thunbergii in Beijing, China. The following characters were confirmed again: 3 lateral lines, 7 papillae, a three-celled structure was observed on the dorsal wall of the reproductive tract at the uterus/post-uterine sac junction (Figure 1). Small variation of female tail tip in Beijing population exist, with most females showing a conoid tail with a 2–5 µm long mucron in central position at the terminus. Several showed a bluntly pointed terminus, but never broadly rounded.
According to Kanzaki et al. (2018), both B. uncispicularis and B. yongensis are now in the B. eggersi-group sensu Ryss & Subbotin (2017), subgroup 3, together with B. carpini Kanzaki, Masuya, Ichihara, Maehara, Aikawa, Ekino, Taisuke & Ide, 2018 (Kanzaki et al., 2018), B. clavicauda Kanzaki, Maehara & Masuya, 2007 (Kanzaki et al., 2007) and B. cryphali (Fuchs, 1930) Rühm, 1956, which is characterized by a spicule with a short, wide blade and strongly dorsally recurved condylus with a pointed tip and broad female tail. Except B. uncispicularis, all other species share 3 lateral lines, which indicates that the 4 lines of B. uncispicularis may have been misjudged. All species in this group have 7 male papillae.
B. yongensis is present in China, Japan and Korea with a common host species (P. thunbergii) and a common widespread vector (C. fulvus). Based on the geographic, ecological, molecular, and morphological data, we propose Bursaphelenchus uncispicularis Zhuo, Li, Li, Yu & Liao, 2007 as a junior synonyms of B. yongensis Gu, Braasch, Burgermeister, Brandstetter & Zhang, 2006.